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  • Dr. Roe & Rep. Walberg in The Washington Examiner: Obamacare train wreck is crashing employment, too
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 30, 2013 | Preview rr

    Every day we hear new reports of challenges surrounding the implementation of the president's health care law. More workers and businesses are coming forward to express frustration with the law. Under the law's employer mandate, businesses are forced to provide government-approved health insurance or pay a penalty. The president's recent decision to delay the mandate for a year only underscores what many citizens, businesses, and members of Congress have been saying for a long time: The law is a... Read more

  • Dr. Roe and Minority Whip Hoyer in The Hill: Emergency epinephrine is needed in our schools
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 17, 2013 | Preview rr

    Emergency epinephrine is needed in our schools By Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) - Over the coming weeks, students across the country will start preparing for the upcoming school year, looking forward to reuniting with friends, meeting their teachers and tackling new lessons. But for the nearly 6 million children in our country who have food allergies, school can be an unnecessarily frightening place. A tiny amount of an allergen or an innocently swapped snack at lunchtime coul... Read more

  • The Hill: Reps. Roe, Radel and Buchson: Obamacare costing wages, hours at work
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 25, 2013 | Preview rr

    As the Obamacare “train wreck” unfolds we continue to learn of the unintended, unnecessary, and burdensome consequences of a law passed without a single bipartisan vote in Congress. Despite the President’s promise of lower health care costs, premiums are rising for families and estimates show that because of Obamacare, over 7 million Americans will lose their employer provided insurance. In addition to losing their health care coverage, Americans are also seeing lost hours at work because of the... Read more

  • USA TODAY: Roe and Alexander: Obama appointments unconstitutional
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 20, 2013 | Preview rr

    The Senate decides when it is in session – not the president. On January 4, 2012, President Obama made three so-called recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) while the Senate was not in recess. These appointments were unprecedented—no other president has made recess appointments while the Senate was in session. A year later, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously held that the president's appointments violated the Constitution. The Senate dec... Read more

  • Special to the Washington Times: Pound the Medicare board before it hammers the elderly
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 30, 2013 | Preview rr

    There are several unattractive parts of the Affordable Care Act, but perhaps the most unattractive is a little-discussed board that has the power to dramatically alter Medicare. The Independent Payment Advisory Board has the power to reshape Medicare to meet a budget, and Congress has only limited ability to stop it. It is imperative we move quickly to repeal the board. Starting this year, the law requires the chief actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to determine annually ... Read more

  • Health insurance exchanges burden states with new slew of regulations
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 13, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Across the country, states and individuals are dealing with the new regulations and costs being imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), more commonly known as ObamaCare. Among the most burdensome regulations states face is making the decision of whether or not to set up state-based health insurance exchanges. President Obama may be trying to rebrand these exchanges by referring to them as marketplaces, but the same truth still exists: these exchanges will strain states... Read more

  • Roe and Price: Plenty of alternatives to government health care
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 24, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    By Reps. Tom Price and Phil Roe Special to USA Today President Obama and congressional Democrats are proclaiming that in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling, those opposed to the president's health care law ought to sit down and keep quiet. The president has said, "The law I passed is here to stay." With all due respect, we and millions of Americans firmly and emphatically disagree. What was bad policy before the Supreme Court's ruling is still bad policy today. That's why the plurality of ... Read more

  • Student loans latest casualty of politics
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 9, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Jobs & Economy

    Since our economic downturn, college graduates have suffered tremendously, experiencing fewer and fewer job opportunities. Nearly half of college graduates are unemployed or underemployed, and debt from student loans is piling up — totaling more than $1 trillion. We need to address these problems with real solutions that give America’s next generation sustainable opportunities for future employment. An Associated Press analysis of government data reports that half of college graduates are either... Read more

  • Roe, DesJarlais and Bucshon: GOP Doctors Eager to Talk Health Care With Obama
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 21, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    By Reps. Phil Roe, Scott DesJarlais and Larry Bucshon Special to Roll Call June 21, 2011 After a recent meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama and Republican House Members, we asked the president to meet with the GOP Doctors Caucus to discuss concerns that we have about how the health care law will affect our patients. We were pleased that the president agreed. This is not the first time that members of the Doctors Caucus have tried to meet with the president, but previous reques... Read more

  • Give patients control of health care
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 20, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds released a report on the two programs’ financial status and news was not good: Medicare is likely to go bankrupt by 2024 —five years earlier than last year’s estimate. This threatens senior care. At this rate, Medicare will not be available for future generations. However, we can act now to save Medicare, improve quality of care — and keep Washington bureaucrats out of patients’ medical decisions. Fixing Medicare should not compromise pati... Read more